GO WITH THE FLOE: TANYA TAGAQ’S POLAR SCORE TOOTHSAYER OUT NOW.

Split Tooth audiobook nominated for 2019 Audie Award.

Upcoming performances include London, UK, Rewire Festival and Washington, DC.

LISTEN HERE

Photo Credit: Rebecca Wood

 

“A three dimensional sonic soundscape that alternates between harsh and lush, barren and fecund.” – Passion of the Weiss

“Full of thrumming echoes not dissimilar to flurries of snow; its pretty eeriness is perfect for the winter.” – Elle, 10 Best Songs of 2019 So Far

“Wordless vocals float over a gently pulsing rhythm and spare piano…By the end, her voice has drifted up into the stratosphere.” – New Sounds

 

Environmental, historical, futuristic, experimental: Tanya Tagaq’s Toothsayer, out today, conveys the extreme and deadly elements of winter in the High Arctic. From the nightmarish shards of “Icebreaker” to the crystalline delicacy of the title track to the terrifying serenity of “Hypothermia,” Tagaq also describes physiological sensations of snowblindness and fatal exposure to the cold in exquisitely unnerving detail. Toothsayer, a title that to speaks to wisdom and foresight, is also a nod to the knowledge required to survive such harsh conditions.  

The EP, made with long-time percussionist Jean Martin and UK experimental electronica artist Ash Koosha, originated as a score for the National Maritime Museum’s permanent Polar Worlds exhibit, which includes the Franklin Expedition. “I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibition,” says Tagaq, who will be in London for a show at Borderline on March 27. “Quite often Indigenous cultures are reduced to primitive culture or glorified in their ‘untouched’ phase, but it’s not often considered as contemporary culture. I was happy to be involved because the exhibit acknowledges our culture in a contemporary sense.”

 

Album art by Kevin Earl Taylor

 

TOUR DATES:

KINGSTON, ON: Isabel Bader Theatre, Mar 6, w/ NAC Orchestra

OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Mar 8 w/ NAC Orchestra

LONDON, UK: The Garage, Mar 27 

THE HAGUE, NL: Rewire Festival, Mar 29

WASHINGTON, DC: Millennium Stage, April 5

CALGARY, AB: Jack Singer Concert Hall, April 27 w/ Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra 

SAMUELSBERG, NORWAY: Riddu Riddu, Jul 10-14

SIX SHOOTER MANAGEMENT WELCOMES WILLIAM PRINCE.

PRINCE’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM DUE VIA GLASSNOTE RECORDS IN 2019.

William Prince may be a true heir to John Prine.” – NPR Music

 

Six Shooter Management is extremely pleased to welcome William Prince to the artist roster. “We have been fans of William for several years and it feels like the perfect fit to finally be working together,” says Helen Britton, president of the management company. “The whole team at Six Shooter can’t wait to get started on this journey with him.” 

As anticipation for the follow-up to 2015’s JUNO Award winning debut album Earthly Days builds, Prince is busy with touring that has included a run of shows opening for Neil Young complete with two nights in Winnipeg, a homecoming of sorts for both artists. Prince will headline shows across western Canada, from the Yukon to Saskatchewan, before making his Stagecoach Festival debut this April.

“I am thrilled to be working with Shauna and the whole team at Six Shooter,” says Prince. “There’s a lot of work left to do and I’m so excited to take the next steps with such passionate, driven people.”

 

TOUR DATES:

WATSON LAKE, YT: Watson Lake Secondary School, Feb 26

TESLIN, YT: Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre, Feb 27

WHITEHORSE, YT: Yukon Arts Centre, Feb 28

BANFF, AB: The Banff Centre, Mar 2 + 3

CALGARY, AB: Festival Hall, Mar 5

FORT NELSON, BC: Northern Lights Festival, Mar 22

NORTH BATTLEFORD, SK: Dekker Centre, Apr 13

INDIO, CA: Stagecoach Festival, Apr 27

 

 

ABOUT WILLIAM PRINCE: 

From ruminations on life and love’s little treasures to tales of everyday homegrown heroes, the music of William Prince unfurls like a classic campfire story, midnight road trip conversation, or well-worn, dog-eared novel passed down through generations. Each line delivered in his dusky baritone evokes a journeyman, troubadour spirit buoyed by stained glass soul with the gusto to reach steeple-size heights. Given this emotional heft, it makes sense that the art form bears a metaphysical significance for the JUNO Award-winning singer and songwriter.

Born and raised on the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba, Canada, William has been honing his craft since the age of nine when he first picked up the guitar and piano. Counting Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson (as well as books like April Raintree and Fahrenheit 451) among chief influences, he ultimately cites his preacher and musician father as the biggest inspiration. “My whole life I listened to my dad’s deep voice singing gospel,” he says. “In a sense, I make folk-country tunes inside of a gospel framework. It can be really powerful, but it brings a calm.”

In 2018 William took the next step of his journey with Earthly Days released worldwide via his new record label, Glassnote Records, and publishing company, Insieme Music Publishing.

SIX SHOOTER MANAGEMENT WELCOMES ZAKI IBRAHIM. “RETRO-AFROFUTURIST” HEADLINES TORONTO’S GREAT HALL ON FEB 21, 2019. IBRAHIM CONFIRMED TO SHOWCASE AT LE PRINTEMPS DE BOURGES IN APRIL.

 

Six Shooter is thrilled to welcome Zaki Ibrahim to the artist management roster. The enigmatic, highly acclaimed songwriter, now back in Toronto following the 2018 release of The Secret Life of Planets, defies simplifications of identity and genre along with other industry paradigms, which is to say she fits the Six Shooter artist profile perfectly. “The first time I saw Zaki perform at Polaris several years ago blew me away. It was a performance I will never forget.,” says Six Shooter Management President Helen Britton. “To have since met Zaki, connected with her and now to have ultimately signed such a rare talent is thrilling. She is a fantastic addition to our management roster, and I look forward to sharing all her upcoming plans with the world in the coming months.”

Ibrahim has upcoming headline shows and festival appearances in Canada, including at Toronto’s Great Hall this week. Overseas showcases, including at prestigious Le Printemps de Bourges festival in France, are planned for spring, where Ibrahim will be accompanied by Six Shooter Records’ new VP International Business Development, Allison Outhit.

Now booked by barrier-crushing trailblazer Tao-Ming Lau of Blue Crane, an agency that prioritizes underrepresented artists including women, LGBT and artists of colour, Ibrahim’s global tour history includes much of Europe, South Africa and North America, from Red Bull Studio Cape Town to Mongrel Media’s TIFF parties.

A nomad in both philosophical and logistical senses, Ibrahim’s extensive and varied network of collaborators, creatives and contributors has established a global presence primed to rise.

 

TOUR DATES

TORONTO, ON: The Great Hall, Feb 21 w/ DJ Bambii + Myst Milano

CALGARY, AB: Block Heater Festival, ATB Financial Stage (NMC), Feb 23 

 

LISTEN

WATCH

 

READ

  • Anupa Mistry’s Pitchfork review of The Secret Life of Planets.
  • Helen Spitzer’s NUVO magazine profile.
  • Ben Rayner’s Toronto Star profile.

Job Opportunity:  Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

Established in 2000 in Toronto, Six Shooter Records is a full-service music company with a diverse roster that includes artists in the genres of Americana, country, rock, and avant-garde. In addition to being a label and a publisher, the company also provides artist and business management services, and produces the music festival Interstellar Rodeo. Since its inception, Six Shooter has released over 100 albums. Our artists have been consistently recognized in national award programs, including the JUNO Awards, Polaris Music Prize, SOCAN Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and others.
Ours is a fast-paced, friendly environment with an enterprising culture. We seek a motivated self-starter who loves to keep an office organized while supporting fellow team members. This position will provide administrative support to both the record label and management company. Responsibilities will be as follows:

 

Administrative

  • Answering and directing phone calls. This includes providing customer service to customers calling in regard to purchases, tickets, as well as general inquiries.
  • Managing the info@sixshooterrecords.com email address.
  • Assisting with preparing distributor sales statements for entering into accounting software.
  • Assisting with accounts payable e.g. paying approved invoices, preparing cheques for approval.
  • Data entry into Quickbooks as assigned.
  • Assisting with grant completions for both the label and our management clients. Including but not limited to proofing material, organizing expense documentation, ensuring all materials are ready for submission in the applicable grant portals.
  • Preparing and properly documenting merchandise shipments for management clients.
  • Organizing the label President’s receipts and expense reports.
  • General office maintenance duties: ordering office supplies, taking out the garbage, receiving and properly storing shipments, maintaining the office storage spaces. Keeping the office neat and tidy overall.
  • Miscellaneous errands and support e.g. purchasing supplies for company events, prepping the office for client meetings, providing support to office visitors.
  • General clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, scanning, mail distribution, sending out mail, filing (digital and physical), sorting receipts.
  • Taking detailed minutes at weekly staff meetings and other meeting minutes as assigned.
  • Providing administrative support to the Vice President and President upon request.

 

Requirements:

  • Experience as an administrative assistant or knowledge of general office management and procedures
  • Experience with QuickBooks or similar accounting software.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (MS Excel in particular), Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack.
  • Self-starter with excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to lift boxes up to approx. 20lbs

 

Additional assets:

  • Education related to business management, the music business or other relevant field.
  • Education or experience in accounting an asset but not requirement.
  • Experience in the Canadian music industry.

 

Job Specs:

 

Position: Administrative Assistant

Reporting to: VP Finance & Administration

Hours: Monday-Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm. Total hours per week 20. Occasional additional hours may be requested from time to time.

Rate: $15.00-$20.00/hr commensurate with experience

Application deadline: Friday February 15, 2019.
Start date: Monday March 11, 2019

 

Please send resumes by email to Pierre Bussieres at pierre@sixshooterrecords.com with subject line “Administrative Assistant job application”. No phone calls please.

Six Shooter Records invites applications from all qualified individuals.  We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome all qualified applications especially from visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

THE DEEP DARK WOODS & WHITEHORSE MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FOREST CITY FOR 2019 JUNO AWARDS.

 

Whitehorse’s debut holiday record, A Whitehorse Winter Classic, has been nominated for the Adult Alternative Album of The Year at this year’s Juno awards while The Deep Dark Woods’ haunting album, Yarrow, is in the running for the Contemporary Roots Album of The Year. This year’s Juno Awards will take place at London, ON’s Budweiser Gardens on March 17. Click here for tickets and details.

THE DEAD SOUTH SIGN TO SIX SHOOTER RECORDS. NEW MUSCLE SHOALS-MADE ALBUM DUE IN THE FALL.

100 MILLION MILESTONE: Video for “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company” continues to surge.

Sold out 2300-cap London, UK show, Red Rocks date with Trampled By Turtles set for July 24, more big tour news coming.

 

It’s a banner month for The Dead South, a four-piece bluegrass band from Regina, SK. The group’s upcoming London, UK show just sold out (2300 tickets), as have multiple other UK and European dates. Their video for “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company” crossed the 100 million view mark on YouTube. The band just returned home from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with a new album in hand. This record, their third full-length and first since 2016, will be released by their new label, highly regarded Toronto independent Six Shooter Records. “The Dead South is a family,” reads a statement from the band. “We find it very important to surround ourselves with people we enjoy, people who believe in us and people who will fight for us. Also, people who like to get shit done. Thankfully, these are all things Six Shooter provides. We would like to welcome them into our family.”

2018 was a year of recognition at home and exciting growth on the road. At the JUNO Awards, the first-time nominees won Traditional Roots Album of the Year and were also nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year. They also won both of their first Western Canadian Music Award nominations in October. Outside Canada, The Dead South were floored to see huge responses from their American fans; on only their second tour of the USA, they sold out large shows in LA, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis and more.

2019 is shaping up to be a year of even bigger milestones. The band is confirmed to join Trampled By Turtles and Deer Tick at Red Rocks on July 24, 2019. There are already nearly 20,000 tickets sold for 2019 UK and EU tour dates. The Dead South’s forthcoming album, expected this fall, is their first recorded outside their hometown. “We just got home from recording our most bangin’ album yet,” says Colton Crawford. “Before we even get our feet warm we’ll be out the door and on our way to the UK to show you all what we’ve been up to.”

The Dead South have built a fervent worldwide fanbase and sold nearly 100,000 records through grassroots discovery and support. Six Shooter Records is thrilled to welcome these hugely talented and hard-working artists to both label and management rosters. Helen Britton and Chris Wynters of our management company have been working with The Dead South for a year now,” says label president Shauna de Cartier. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome them to the label. This is a fantastic band, and together we are going to climb new heights.”

 

THE STATS:

  • 90,000 albums sold worldwide (Illusion & DoubtandGood Company).
  • 55 million Spotify Streams.
  • 466,000 YouTube channel subscribers.
  • 265,000 Facebook fans.
  • 20,000 tickets pre-sold for upcoming UK/EU tours.
  • Illusion & Doubtdebuted #5, Billboard Bluegrass Chart.
  • Recent festival appearances include Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Tønder Festival, Calgary Stampede.

 

The Dead South x Six Shooter Records at The Nutthouse Studio. L-R: Danny Kenyon, Shauna de Cartier, Scott Pringle, Chris Wynters, Nate Hilts, Emily Smart, Colton Crawford.

 

TOUR DATES:

DUBLIN, IE: Button Factory, Jan 30 SOLD OUT
BELFAST, UK: Limelight, Jan 31 SOLD OUT
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK: 02 Academy, Feb 2
GLASGOW, UK: 02 Academy, Feb 3
LIVERPOOL, UK: 02 Academy, Feb 5
MANCHESTER, UK: 02 Ritz, Feb 6
LEEDS, UK: 02 Academy, Feb 7
NOTTINGHAM, UK: Rock City, Feb 8
NORWICH, UK: Banking Hall @ Norwich Open, Feb 9
BRISTOL, UK: 02 Academy, Feb 10
CARDIFF, UK: Tramshed, Feb 12 SOLD OUT
PORTSMOUTH, UK: Pyramids Centre, Feb 13
BRIGHTON, UK: Concorde 2, Feb 14 SOLD OUT
LONDON, UK: 02 Forum Kentish Town, Feb 15 SOLD OUT
CAMBRIDGE, UK: J2, Cambridge Junction, Feb 16 SOLD OUT
BIRMINGHAM, UK: 02 Institute3, Feb 17
BREMEN, DE: Schlacthof, Mar 26
AMSTERDAM, NL: Melkweg, March 27 SOLD OUT
EINDHOVEN, NL: Effenaar Grote Zaal, March 28
COLOGNE, DE: Die Kantine, March 30 SOLD OUT
SINT-NIKLAAS, BE: De Casino, March 31
WUPPERTAL, DE: Haus Der Jugend Barmen, April 1
WIESBADEN, DE: Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, April 2
STUTTGART, DE: LKA-Longhorn, April 4
WINTERTHUR, CH: Salzhaus, April 5 SOLD OUT
LAUSANNE, CH: Les Docks, April 6
MUNICH, DE: Muffathalle, April 7 SOLD OUT
VIENNA, AT: WUK, April 8 + 9 SOLD OUT 
HAMBURG, DE: Gruenspan, April 14 SOLD OUT 
BERLIN, DE: Astra Kulturhaus, April 15/16
EAU CLAIRE, WI: Blue Ox Music Festival, June 13-15
TUNBRIDGE WELLS, UK: Black Deer Festival, June 21-23
MORRISON, CO: Red Rocks Ampitheatre, July 24 w/ Trampled By Turtles, Deer Tick

TANYA TAGAQ SHARES “SNOWBLIND,” CRYSTALLINE AMBIENT SONG FROM FORTHCOMING TOOTHSAYER EP.

TANYA TAGAQ SHARES “SNOWBLIND,” CRYSTALLINE AMBIENT COMPOSITION FROM FORTHCOMING TOOTHSAYER EP, OUT 3/1/19 VIA SIX SHOOTER RECORDS.

LISTEN TO “SNOWBLIND” HERE.

Toothsayer, conceptual electronic collection, originated as Royal Museums Greenwich (UK) commission.

Vinyl spoken-word edition of best-selling, New Yorker-reviewed debut novel Split Tooth out now. See highly NSFW cover art by graphic novelist Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets) here

 

Toothsayer album cover art by Kevin Earl Taylor

 

Tagaq’s surreal meld of poetry and prose transmutes the Arctic’s boundless beauty, intensity, and desolation into a wrenching contemporary mythology.” – New Yorker

“Tagaq’s emotional intelligence is aspirational.” – Anupa Mistry, Globe and Mail

“An Inuk throat singer who’s got a fluidity in her rasp and a wail that reflects like crystal.” – Stereogum

 

For those unable to experience experimental Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq’s sonic contribution to National Maritime Museum’s “Polar Worlds” exhibit in situ in London, UK, Tagaq announces the work will be released as a digital EP titled Toothsayer via Six Shooter Records. Toothsayer, a 5-track soundscape created for the exhibit, expands Tagaq’s prestigious compositional work with ambient electronic and piano-driven textures.

With ecological precision and a crypto-travelogue narrative, Toothsayer features Tagaq working with long-time percussionist Jean Martin, who produced the EP. UK experimental electronic artist Ash Koosha, who met Tagaq for the first time when the artists were invited to work together for a BBC Late Junction session in 2017, also performs on “Snowblind” and “Submerged.”

“Snowblind,” the first song shared from the collection, expresses the sensory experience of snowblindness, a condition that can produce colourful pulsating shapes amidst darkness. The contrast of brightness and darkness, a recurring theme in Tagaq’s work, is at once environmental, physical,  emotional and political. “I named this Toothsayer because I always liked the term soothsayer, to look into the future and to speak wisely,” says Tagaq of the title. “Teeth represent protection and hunting in nature. We are going to have to get our fists up and our teeth out to carve our way to survival in this world.”

Organized as a categorical assessment of the different and extreme elements of the Nunavut winter, where “it’s so easy to succumb to death in the north purely by the elements, including the socio and political elements,” the EP also connects in title and theme with Split Tooth, Tagaq’s debut novel. The book, a powerfully permeative mythobiography about a girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970s, was released in September 2018 and immediately found a place on the Giller Prize Long List, Canada’s top fiction prize. The work also appeared on year end Best Of lists including NPR, Globe and Mail, CBC, Toronto Star and more. Apple Music named the work Canada’s Best Canadian Audiobook; narrated by Tagaq with improvised vocal elements, Split Tooth’s fact-fiction-dreamscapes come alive in this spoken word form, which moves between silky hypnotic poetry and carotid-ripping song. Toothsayer travels a similar path to Split Tooth through poles of exquisite delicacy, frenzy and fury.

Toothsayer will be released March 1, 2019 on Six Shooter Records.

 

TOUR DATES:

WINNIPEG, MB: WECC, Jan 22*
SASKATOON, SK: Persephone Theatre, Jan 24*
GUELPH, ON: River Run Centre, Jan 25*
SEATTLE, WA: Meany Centre for the Performing Arts, Feb 8
OTTAWA, ON: Southminster United Church, Ottawa International Writers Festival, Feb 15
KINGSTON, ON: Isabel Bader Theatre, Mar 6, w/ NAC Orchestra
OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Mar 8 w/ NAC Orchestra
LONDON, UK: The Garage, Mar 27
WASHINGTON, DC: Millennium Stage, April 5
CALGARY, AB: Jack Singer Concert Hall, April 27 w/ Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
SAMUELSBERG, NORWAY: Riddu Riddu, Jul 10-14

*book reading + band performance

WHITEHORSE SHARE THEIR TAKE ON “JOHN THE REVELATOR,” AN OMINOUS RECKONING WITH A MODERN APOCALYPSE IN MIND.

Who’s that writin’: Whitehorse share their take on “John The Revelator,” an ominous reckoning with a modern apocalypse in mind. Listen here.

Hot off holiday album coverage from Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, CBC’s q, The Edge and more, Toronto duo keeps rolling with The Northern South Vol. 2, out next week (1/18/19).

“These are six songs from the past, but Whitehorse revive them through their alternative instrumental contributions and their inventive vocals.” – PopMatters

 

Whitehorse delve into end of days overtones with a fuzzed out, swampy take on the nearly century-old seven seals song “John The Revelator,” the third track the duo has shared in advance of The Northern South Vol. 2’s upcoming release on Jan 18, 2019.

In keeping with the larger mission of The Northern South project, where Whitehorse transpose 50s and 60s blues cuts into a contemporary framework, the duo’s treatment of “John The Revelator” sees the biblical signs of the apocalypse modified to comment on present realities: political, environmental and beyond. “We wanted to tell a more current, relevant tale,” says Melissa McClelland, one half of the duo. “We pieced together the lyrics from several different versions to form something new, to touch on the end of days issues that feel pressing to us: global warming, Trump presidency, consumerism and religion itself, among other things.” Luke Doucet adds, “There’s a long history of rewriting this classic; many renditions include reworked lyrics since Blind Willie Johnson recorded it. So we’re not taking special liberties here but rather continuing the tradition of reinterpreting the story for the current era, as has repeatedly been the fashion.”

From the depression and disaster of the song’s 1930s origins to the present-day calamities that weigh on Whitehorse’s minds, “John The Revelator” remains an ominous and churning narrative, an unsettling minor key disaster fantasy. “John The Revelator” is much darker in tone than the previous tracks released thus far, the willingly provocative “Baby, Scratch My Back” and the back-and-forth self-blame game of “Who’s Been Talkin’.” Whitehorse’s harmonies and their canny interplay of lead vocals play exceptionally well as a reframing device throughout The Northern South’s two volumes (the first released in 2016) to underline the saucy, shady and slinky nuances of early blues.  

 

The Northern South Vol. 2 will be released on January 18, 2019.

 

 

 

SIX SHOOTER RECORDS WELCOMES INDUSTRY EXPERT ALLISON OUTHIT AS VP INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

New position, based out of Six Shooter’s Toronto headquarters, will focus on expansion and market development for label and management companies.

 

Six Shooter Records is supremely thrilled to announce that music industry trailblazer and all-around impressive entertainment business veteran Allison Outhit has joined the independent label as VP International Business Development, a new position created to command and catalyze international profile, reach and activity.

Talented, driven and substantively experienced, Outhit brings her relentless pursuit of artist development and steadfast commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion to the label. With decades of executive-level experience across public and private entertainment entities alongside her years of working directly with artists to build sustainable, impactful careers, Outhit is an ideal and exciting addition to Six Shooter. With new signings to be announced, 2019 promises to be a compelling and crucial time of roster growth, extensive planning and expansive thinking.

“Six Shooter is poised for significant expansion in the next couple of years (we’ve got BIG PLANS),” says Six Shooter President Shauna de Cartier. “We are beyond excited to welcome a superstar like Allison to our company. She brings with her incredible insight, energy, BIG BRAINS, and a rock solid resume of experience and expertise, which will translate into even more international success for our artists.”

“Six Shooter’s commitment to long-term careers and their ever-burning fire to build, grow and expand internationally is a perfect fit for me,” says Outhit. “As a company and a team, Six Shooter is all about tenacity, loyalty, and generosity. I am so impressed by their artist-forward philosophy and their efforts to effect change in the industry. I want to help this become a diverse global brand.”

Outhit’s first international activity will be participating Canadian Heritage’s upcoming Trade Mission to Latin America, with stops in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina.

 

ABOUT ALLISON OUTHIT

Born in Halifax, Outhit began her career as a production assistant with UK concert giant Harvey Goldsmith. Over the next 10 years, Allison rounded all the corners at the intersection of Art and Commerce, with stints in community radio, journalism, music and video production, and arts administration in London, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto, while also completing a law degree.

After touring as lead guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with several bands, releasing multiple albums and inking a co-publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, Allison went to work in film and television production, amassing over 70 hours of production credits and one Gemini nomination. In 2006, she left film production to join Toronto-based indie label/manager/distributor Outside Music as Head of Business Affairs.

In February 2011, Outhit joined the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) as its Vice President of Operations. At FACTOR, Allison was a key imagineer of program and operational changes that redesigned and reinvigorated Canada’s largest and most impactful music funding organization.

Allison is a lifelong fighter for social justice. She is proud to have been mentored in community legal advocacy by the late African-Nova Scotian activist Rocky Jones, and recently completed the Centennial Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion.

The proud recipient of the Halifax Pop Explosion’s 2014 Scene Builder Award, Outhit’s life in the musical trenches, along with her depth of entertainment business experience and legal knowledge, give her a skill set uniquely primed to help artists keep on keeping on.

SPLIT TOOTH VINYL AVAILABLE NOW.

 

We are thrilled to offer a special vinyl edition of Tanya Tagaq’s bestselling, Giller Prize long-listed debut novel, “Split Tooth.” Our limited edition LP features poems excerpted from the audiobook, read by Tagaq.

You’ll want to see the very saucy, highly NSFW cover art by Love & Rockets’ artist Jaime Hernandez, who illustrated the book. Click the here below to reveal… if you dare.

ENSIGN BRODERICK’S “BLOODCRUSH” NOW AVAILABLE.

 

Toxic lakes, wellness clinics and mud-caked bodies: the cardinal direction of Ensign Broderick’s BloodCrush is a saline fever dream, calibrated to the cultish wraith waste vibes of California’s Imperial Valley. Inspired by pilgrimage, anti-war protests, Decca-era Stones and Smetana, BloodCrush is the first new collection from an artist who announced himself earlier in 2018 with four archival albums of wildly ambitious, hyper-referential art pop, a fraction of his forty years’ of recordings.

Buy or stream BloodCrush here.

“YOU’LL WANT THEIR MUSIC IN YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” – POPMATTERS PREMIERES A WHITEHORSE WINTER CLASSIC.

 

Well, it’s only been a few hours since the Great Pumpkin vanished, but you know what that means — the Christmas onslaught is on, and that goes for holiday albums, too. Fortunately, bringing the best of season’s greetings is Whitehorse, the Toronto-based husband-and-wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, and you’ll want their music in your home for the holidays.

A Whitehorse Winter Classic, a nine-song collection that included seven stunning originals written by Doucet and McClelland, along with faithful, delightful renditions of “Blue Christmas” and the Pretenders’ “2000 Miles”, will be released on Friday, 2 November via Six Shooter Records. But the Whitehorse power couple are presenting a sneak preview today at PopMatters by premiering the entire album.